With white-sand beaches, tumbling waterfalls and duty-free shopping, the town of Ocho Rios is one of Jamaica’s most beautiful and a must see islands aboard a Caribbean cruise. The destination is renowned for its beauty and most of all its sensational waterfalls. The name of the port of call actually comes from a corrupted version of the Spanish word for waterfalls, therefore an apt choice considering the pleasures of such attractions as Dunn's River Falls being so close by.
The location of the town is extremely popular with travelling guests as Ocho Rios is situated on the northern coast of Jamaica between the capital of Kingston and the vibrant tourist resort of Montego Bay. The striking backdrop of this port of call steals the show with a vision of a green blanket of forestry leading into a mountainous milieu. The waterfront presents a line of superb luxury hotels nestled on the edge turquoise waters; typical of the Caribbean.
For the ultimate Jamaican adventure, guests can walk up the side of the cascading Dunn's River Falls, taking in the amazing sights and enjoying the chance to take a once in a lifetime photograph. This adventure is then usually followed by a relaxing day in the tranquil sunshine and perhaps a spot of rum and reggae music, once guests have made their way back down to the slope to the beautiful beach scene below. Guests who are looking for further sightseeing opportunities can head for the colourful Shaw Park botanical gardens that sit on the edge of the town’s outskirts.
With duty-free shopping, open air eateries and vibrant bars the atmosphere in Ocho Rios is fantastic and the bustling streets of Main Street and Da Costa Drive (which run parallel to each other), present guests with the chance to explore all that Ocho Rios has to offer. Craft markets here are also excellent and well worth a look to take home a unique souvenir.
The island is also famous for attracting many celebrities over the years and there will be opportunities to take in the amazing sights linked to such personalities as Errol Flynn, Ian Fleming and Sir Noel Coward. Errol Flynn is in fact considered to be the creator of the enthralling excursion of rafting, a Jamaican favourite and one certainly worth looking into to take in the islands natural beauty from a unique vantage point. This experience revolves around flowing downriver as your own Jamaican guide slowly glides the raft along.
The excursion opportunities here are fantastic with so much to choose from no matter the cruise operator you are travelling with. For passengers looking to relax and spend the day under the sun, there will usually be beach transfers in place to enjoy the serene atmosphere and enjoy one of the local cocktails. Guests looking to indulge in an excursion of excitement may wish to try the incredible Mystic Mountain Jamaican Bobsled experience for a leisurely ride before a quickening downhill dash to the finish. The twisting and turning adventure leads visitors through a journeying plunge of 3,280 feet but fear not as there is an in-sled handbrake to slow things down as you see fit. Rafting and river tubing are two other adrenaline pumping options which also give guests the chance to take in the breath taking lush scenery. For a refined day of indulgent luxury, visit the fabulous Prospect Plantation and enjoy afternoon tea in the 18th century Great House. This captivating location became the home to Sir Harold and Lady Mitchell and now houses an array of mementos of kings, presidents and celebrities who have all visited the estate over the years.
Ocho Rios is a wonderful destination to explore, relax and let the mind wander. Whatever you choose to do and however you wish to spend the day, you will love the Caribbean flair of this Jamaican gem.